ZCCI has requested a business friendly load shedding
ZCCI CEO, Thabani Shale had a meeting with Deputy Mayor of uMlalazi Municipality Cllr BP Simelane and Municipal Manager of uMlalazi Municipality, Raymond Mnguni today (13 February 2019).
The load shedding schedule for industrial and retail areas will be amended. Load shedding will occur at start of the shift or towards the end of the shift to minimize costs for local businesses. Load shedding schedule will be updated regularly in order for local businesses to plan better regarding their shift system.
CCMA-BUSA launch ground-breaking webtool for small business
The Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) have collaborated to launch a free-to-use Web Tool dedicated to help smaller businesses with labour relations processes and matters.
The joint initiative is one of the flagship projects outlined in the Presidential Jobs Summit Framework Agreement and has gone live following intensive testing and content mapping.
The project germinated from a BUSA study conducted in 2015/16, which showed that small businesses struggled with labour relations and that this was a key impediment to their formalisation and willingness to employ. Also, of concern – and a key spark to conceptualising the Web Tool – was that CCMA statistics reveal that an estimated 80% of the institution’s dispute cases originate from small businesses.
The joint CCMA-BUSA Web Tool has up-to-date information including the recent amendments to Employment Law that factor the National Minimum Wage Act, as well as contract templates, information sheets and guides on labour law requirements. Small business owners can utilise the user-friendly Web Tool to source information about: how to recruit; how to manage employees and build sound workplace relationships; how to end the employment relationship in a fair manner; and much more.
The Web Tool project falls in line with the National Development Plan’s (NDP’s) ambitious forecast that no fewer than 90% of new jobs will be created by small businesses. However, red tape and significant bureaucratic hurdles have been cited for the high failure rate of small businesses in South Africa, as well as the country’s low levels of grassroots entrepreneurial activities. The CCMA and BUSA believe this Web Tool will go a long way in unburdening small businesses from having to navigate through regulatory hoops.
In South Africa, many small businesses do not have in-house labour law expertise or the financial resources to comply with the complex administrative burden of hiring and managing staff. In addition, the cost of compliance is proportionately higher for small businesses. This often leads to non-compliance, a higher number of labour disputes and, at times, protracted court cases that are often detrimental to employment and the potential growth and success of small businesses.
How the Web Tool will help small business
The Web Tool is designed to:
- Cut red tape and associated costs of labour relations compliance for small business
- Contribute to workplace stability for small business owners
- Improve employer and employee understanding of the Employment Laws
- Improve legislative compliance and push for formalising small businesses
- The Web Tool is targeted at small businesses, but is generally accessible to the public free of charge
- The Web Tool provides step-by-step guidance on employment law compliance requirements, and is a self-help tool that demystifies labour relations
- The Web Tool minimises the need to find and pay consultants or labour lawyers for basic industrial relations processes
Project scope and future interventions
- In late 2018, BUSA piloted the project on a focus group of small businesses to determine areas of interests and needs for future enhancement of the Web Tool were identified
- The Tool may, with time, be extended into other areas to support small businesses gain access to information that is user friendly
- The Web Tool can be accessed on: www.smelaboursupport.co.za
Web Tool main sections:
- How to recruit, select, appoint and contract employees
- How to manage employees during employment
- How to end the employment relationship in a fair manner
Web Tool covers:
- Contracts of employment and Basic Conditions of Employment for full-time, part-time and fixed-term contracts
- Misconduct, incapacity and operational requirements processes and templates
- Union representation and organisational rights steps
- Strike or lockout steps and processes
Long term, the Web Tool will reside with the CCMA and BUSA to ensure on-going maintenance and updating as required, as well as exploring in future the possibility of embedding the web-based resource into a call centre.
RELIEF FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AS ACTING PREMIER SIHLE ZIKALALA LAUNCHES KZN YOUTH FUND
The efforts by the provincial government to empower young people aiming for a career in business and entrepreneurship received a resounding applause from various quarters on Thursday.
This was after the KwaZulu-Natal Acting Premier Sihle Zikalala launched a first of its kind R50 million KZN Youth Fund geared towards and billed as a long-lasting solution for youth entrepreneurs who do not qualify for bank loans as they do not have credit history and collateral.
Scores of eager young people mingled with government officials and captains of industry at Public Works, in Mayville on Thursday to hear Mr Zikalala announce government’s major strides that will change their lives for the better.
Zikalala said the launch of that magnitude marked a great milestone in the advancement of the course of youth economic emancipation.
“The launch of the KZN Youth Business Development Fund is a seed which we hope will geminate resulting into meaningful youth participation in the mainstream economy of the country,” he said.
Explaining the genesis of the fund, Mr Zikalala when the Premier, Honourable Willies Mchunu announced the creation of the establishment of this, some characterised it as sheer statement which was impossible to achieve but that the establishment has defied the odds, challenged the prophets of doom and it became an affirmation of this ANC Led KZN Government to the attainment of youth economic freedom.
“In August 2014, the provincial government convened a Youth Summit to distil challenges facing the youth and develop a comprehensive response. The Summit resulted in the adoption of a comprehensive KZN Integrated Youth Development Strategy. We convened this summit because our vision as the provincial government is for all young people to grow up safe, healthy, happy and resilient.
Mr Zikalala implored the guests to work together to implement youth empowerment initiatives that will help build a robust and enduring productive capacity of young people throughout the corners of this province.
“This Youth Fund is a step in the right direction and forms the basis of further partnership,” he said. Explaining the fund, the Leader of Government Business said it would ensure continuous support of start-up firms to minimize the liability of newness. He said the fund will finance assets as required by a viable existing enterprise to conduct its operations successfully.
“We must hasten to point out that the finance assets will remain the property of the KZN Government and only transferable to another youth entity if the initially financed entity fails to continue operating within the first three (3) years,” said the MEC of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.
Mr Zikalala said the government has undertaken to ensure the support for youth entrepreneurs from the captains of industry attached to the KZN Growth Coalition, KZN Economic Council and chambers of commerce across the province.
He also pledged for the professional management of the fund and that it will ensure that it operates as a professional financial services body.
ISSUED BY THE KWAZULU-NATAL PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT
KBCC strategic planning in eShowe
The KwaZulu-Natal Business Chamber Council (KBCC) held their annual strategic planning session at Aloe Lifestyle Hotel in eShowe last week, under the leadership of ZCCI president, Judith Nzimande. The session was also attended by the Durban Chamber President Musa Makhunga, Pietermaritzburg Chamber President, Bonginkosi Mshengu and CEO Melanie Veness, Fabcos founding member Nathi Mbele; Ilembe Chamber Immediate Past President, Dominic Collett; Director of the Minara Chamber of Commerce Ebrahim Vawda, Manager of the Ladysmith Chamber, Jennifer Wallace, Kokstad Chamber’s Cadice Woods, President of the South Coast Chamber, Vijay Naidoo and CEO of the ZCCI, Thabani Shale. Eshowe Mayor, Cllr T. Zulu was a guest speaker.
Carol will be MC at Business Excellence Awards
Carol Ofori, East Coast Radio DJ will be the programme director during the 2018 ZCCI Business Excellence awards ceremony on 28 November 2018 at Umfolozi Casino.
Thami Sithole, Port Manager for Richards Bay is the guest speaker.
Please book you seat by contacting Lihle Msweli on 035 797 1807 or email@example.com
2018 Medium term budget policy statement – Restoring good governance and fighting corruption
Thabani Shale, ZCCI CEO welcomes the positive messages outlined in the Minister of Finance’s maiden budget policy statement.
The Minister of Finance has emphasized to restore of good governance and fight corruption in all of its forms.
The key is the employment of qualified, competent and incorruptible officials.
The focus on reducing the build-up of unpaid invoices in provincial departments will improve the survival rate of small businesses.